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CLARK, Emmons, secretary, born in Huron, Wayne County, New York, 14 October, 1827. He received his early education at Owego and Groton, and was graduated at Hamilton college in 1847. Before arriving at his majority he studied medicine, but shortly thereafter, removing to New York city, he became a clerk in the first office established in Broadway for the transportation of through freight and passengers to Chicago and the west, and he rose rapidly to the place of manager. Retiring from mercantile pursuits, he was appointed secretary of the Board of health at its organization in 1866, and he has since held that office. In January, 1857, he enlisted as a private in the Second company of the 7th regiment (" National Guard "), New York state militia; was elected 1st sergeant, April, 1858 ; 2d lieutenant, September, 1859 ; 1st lieutenant, June, 1860; and captain in December of the same year ; and was in command of his company in the three campaigns made by the regiment, in 1861, 1862, and 1863, during the civil war" and in the draft riots of 1863. He commanded the 7th regiment in the Orange riot of 1871 and in the labor riots of 1877. In 1864 he published a "History of the Second Company of the Seventh Regiment, New York State Militia." He was elected colonel of his regiment on 21 June, 1864, and still holds that command. To his energy and perseverance is due the successful completion by private subscription in 1880 of the armory (see illustration) now occupied by the 7th regiment, while his executive ability and untiring attention have not only main-rained, but increased, the superiority, efficiency, and prosperity of that celebrated military organization. Colonel Clark has in preparation a "History of the Seventh Regiment," to be published in 1889, during which year he has announced his intention of resigning on the completion of a quarter of a century's service as colonel of the regiment.
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